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Tyson Gay set for return from doping suspension

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American record holder Tyson Gay is entered in a 100m race on July 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland, his first race after his retroactive one-year doping ban ends June 23.

“Lausanne has always been one of my favorite meets, and I’m thrilled to have it be my opening meet of 2014,” Gay said in a press release. “I have run fast times here. I have been training for several months, and will be ready on July 3.”

Gay is scheduled to run against Justin Gatlin, one of his 2012 Olympic 4x100m relay teammates who may lose their medal after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Gay first began using prohibited substances before the London Olympics.

Gay revealed one of his failed drug tests last July 14, 10 days after he won last year’s Lausanne 100m in 9.79 seconds, and hasn’t raced since. USADA announced his suspension May 2, saying all of Gay’s results since July 15, 2012, have been disqualified.

Gay has stayed in the news without talking much since the ban announcement.

“There’s a lot for me to tell,” Gay said the next day, without going into detail.

He also reportedly offered to pay back some $500,000 in prize money and appearance fees to meets and was sued by former coach Jon Drummond, who said USADA is trying to ban him for life after being implicated by Gay.

Gay, 31, is the fastest American ever in the 100m, clocking 9.69 in 2009. Gatlin, 32, is tied with Maurice Greene as the second fastest U.S. man ever at 9.79. Gay and Gatlin went one-two in the 100m at last year’s U.S. Championships, 9.75 to 9.89.

Gatlin, the reigning Olympic 100m bronze medalist and world silver medalist, is undefeated this season (Usain Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time in 2014 on June 17). Gatlin said he believed running in the 9.6s was possible after he won the Pre Classic in a wind-aided 9.76 on Saturday.

Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake is slated to race 200m in Lausanne.

Galen Rupp breaks American record at Pre Classic

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

“I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again,” Shiffrin said in a media conference after being told she won with the biggest margin of victory in the history of women’s slalom since 1968: 3.07 seconds. “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

But, Shiffrin added that she already has her mind set on tomorrow, where she races slalom again, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The complete of the Olympic sports schedule is here.

“I just as quickly have to go back and settle in,” she said. “Tomorrow is a new race. I have to find a different motivation and try to take the same mentality and keep fighting.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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